Running back Jamaal Edwards heard all the rumors, and every week they seemed to grow.
The 6-foot-0, 202-pound running back from Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley had heard for weeks that he wasn't solidly committed to play for Florida State. In fact, there may have been some validity to all that speculation. Edwards took an official visit to Chapel Hill, N.C. to check out the University of North Carolina, a school he had shown interest in for months.
Edwards was even scheduled to go to Clemson on an official visit this past weekend. But he had a change of heart, and decided to make things final.
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"I'm definitely going to be playing for Florida State next fall," said Edwards, ranked the No. 2 player in the state. "I didn't need to go to Clemson. I was thinking about a couple of other schools for a little while there, but I'm glad I did that. Now I'm even more convinced than ever that Florida State is where I want to be. I'm 100-percent sure I want to be a Nole."
The news wasn't good for North Carolina, who pushed hard for Edwards the last few months.
"I know they were recruiting me hard, and I respect their program, but in the end I just realized that you can't pass up Florida State. They get so much exposure and have been so good for so long. It's the chance of a lifetime when they offer you, and I just couldn't say no."